Resolution on Auxiliary Groups

Whereas, the California State University, Northridge's Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils believe sororities, women's fraternities, and men's fraternities offer excellent opportunities for women and men to share a fraternal experience with members of the same sex, and

Whereas, opposite sex auxiliary groups, commonly referred to as "big brothers" and "little sisters," are inconsistent with the concept and philosophy of separate and equal women's and men's fraternal institutions, and furthermore threaten the protected, single-sex status of fraternal institutions, and

Whereas, California State University, Northridge's Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils believe that these groups inhibit the accomplishment of chapter goals by:

  • Diverting the resources of time, effort and money which are needed for the chapter operations and programming;
  • Distracting chapter members in the performance of essential duties;
  • Undermining the process of membership recruitment
  • Inviting disharmony within the chapter
  • Placing undue liability on the Greek institutions of California State University, Northridge and their members; and

Whereas, there are equally attractive alternatives to the above mentioned auxiliary groups;

Be it resolved, the California State University, Northridge's Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils believe that "big brother" and "little sister" groups are not desirable adjuncts to the collegiate chapters of the fraternal institutions of California State University, Northridge; and furthermore that the opposite sex auxiliary groups will not be allowed to exist on the California State University, Northridge campus after June 30, 1991.

Violations of this policy will be presented to and judged, as to the penalties by the appropriate judicial bodies of the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils. The following list includes violations of the above stated policy. Other actions contributing to organization and structure of members of the opposite sex into a group that exists for an indefinite period of time will be deemed violations of this policy.

  1. The fraternal institutions of California State University, Northridge may not rush, give bids to, or initiate into auxiliary groups, members of the opposite sex.

  2. The fraternal institutions of California State University, Northridge may not address members of the opposite sex as "little sisters," "big brothers," "honored guests," or any other title which denotes a group organizational title associated with their institutions.

  3. Members of the opposite sex may not attend meetings concerning chapter business unless allowed by their respective (inter) national fraternity.

  4. In the association of the fraternal institutions of California State University, Northridge there may not be meetings of, officers for, composites of, or banking accounts for groups consisting of the opposite sex.

Adopted by: Interfraternity Council, March 18, 1991 Panhellenic Council, March 18, 1991